Welcome to Year 5!
On this webpage you will be able to discover some of the exciting activities that we have been – and will be – doing throughout the term.
Peasants, Princes and Pestilence:
This medieval topic started in gruesome fashion as a scary plague doctor (Mr Stanbridge!) discussed some of the cures which people once believed to work, whilst our bubonic plague victim (Mr Hurley!) described and acted out some of the symptoms: including being sick (yuck!)
We have used this topic to assist our writing, which has resulted in making some horrific plague cures of our own. In addition to this, we have also tried to personify pestilence and write an explanation text about how the plague spread.
It’s not only our writing we have involved our topic in. As part of our D.T. work, we have designed and made plague doctor masks from a range of materials.
The second half term’s learning is a Science based topic all about Space. We had the pleasure of watching the moon landing and interviewing Neil Armstrong (Mr Hurley) and Buzz Aldrin (Mr Jukes). We studied the planets; what causes day and night; the effect of gravity and the seasons. In Literacy, we created our own non-chronological report and wrote descriptively about a fictional planet and the creatures living there.
After Christmas (Spring 1) we will be travelling back 5,000 years to the dusty realms of ancient Egypt. We will cruise along the Nile (hypothetically of course) entering a world of mysteries, curses and mummies. With the help of Mr Egypt (a real life Egyptologist, who lives in Egypt) we will be unravelling the secrets of ancient tombs using historical resources and ancient age-old artefacts – some over 4000 years old! We will also be looking for an apprentice who will work for Ramose (he’s our chief embalmer) to help prepare a body for its journey to the afterlife. Who will write the most gruesome set of instructions on how to prepare the body?
Beast Creator and the Outdoors:
The children start off Spring 2 with a topic all about mini-beasts and the great outdoors! We will be looking at how they are classified, their behaviours and their changes (metamorphis) and the reproduction of some plants and animals. During this topic, we will try and get ourselves outside in the wildlife area and exploring different areas of the school (hopefully build a bug hotel).
Mr Hurley and Mr Stanbridge are also huge rugby enthusiasts, so in Friday’s usual golden time, we offer extra curricular rugby for anyone interested. Not only do the children (and we) love this, but we also find it very useful for teaching skills like teamwork, empathy, resilience and being able to win or lose with a graceful handshake at the end!
We also do the ‘golden mile’, which is a short burst of activity every day, aimed at improving children’s health!